This project will support 130 marginalized girls affected as a result of civil conflicts in Northern Uganda with access, retention, learning and progression in education. Meanwhile developing strong self-esteem, leadership and employ-ability skills to help them emerge in social & economic development. Surveys indicate, nearly two thirds (65%) of girls who have been supported and mentored go on to become role models & mentors (Catalyst 2012).
The civil wars in Northern Uganda from 1970s to 2007 witnessed the abduction of an estimated 20,000 children (Beard, 2011). As a result, depression, anxiety, anger towards others, emotional & behavioral symptoms are prevalent amongst today's Ugandan youth. This has contributed to girl's absenteeism in school, decreased academic performance, suspension, expulsion & high teenage pregnancy. Consequently, girls' & women are limited to access education, economic growth, leadership & employment.
FICH organises and supports several complementary learning programs. These includes; 1) Coaching/extra lessons to promote learning and improve academic performance, 2) Mentorship and psychosocial assistance to strengthen emotional stability, 3) Promote gender equality to men and boys which will enable girls to go and stay in school and will enable women on vocational training to start businesses 4) Provide tuition and learning materials 5) Provide sexual reproductive health services.
This project will provide 130 girls & their communities with the opportunity to acquire a set of value & concern for girl's' needs & develop into a motivation to actively advocate for girls' issues such as; protection, academic performance, attitudes & behaviours of marginalised girls. Beneficiaries will be role models in communities to inspire other girls & advocate for girls education. There will be increased awareness among government agencies, leaders & communities on girl's sensitive issues